Helen Mountfort is a classically trained ‘cellist and composer based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from New Zealand Helen is primarily known for her work with well respected Melbourne bands Not drowning, waving, and My Friend the Chocolate Cake. Helen also composes and performs with gypsy tango quintet Cosmo Cosmolino, and Indian/Javanese influenced trio Fine Blue Thread.
Helen has composed extensively for film and television, both individually and with several of her bands and their members. Film and television credits include multiple documentaries for SBS and ABC, “Proof”, “Hammers Over The Anvil”, “Say A Little Prayer”, “That Eye The Sky”, “What I have Written”, Australia- Land Beyond Time (IMAX) and “My Brother Jack”(which was nominated for best theme award for a television series or mini series at the Screen Composer Guild Awards).She has had a long standing collaboration with dancer/choreographer Ros Warby, producing three major shows that have enjoyed extensive international touring and won numerous Green Room Awards.
Helen has produced two solo CDs.
The Naked Cello is a collection of original solo cello music released in 2018
Upside Down at the Bottom of the World is a set of pieces for small ensemble written and recorded for ABC Radio National as a commission for the centenary of federation.
Helen also has had the extraordinary good fortune to be able to perform and record with many amazing musicians including; Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Missy Higgins, Archie Roach, Lisa Gerard, Deborah Conway, David Bridie, Tim Finn, Frank Yamma, Kylie Minogue, Gurrumul, Diesel, Renee Geyer, Kutcha Edwards, John Butler Trio, Blackeyed Susans, George Telek, Underground Lovers, Vika and Linda Bull, Mark Seymour.